Following is a list of festivals and other events slated for August in Southwestern Illinois:
Aug. 4 — Ice cream social
6-8 p.m. Friday. Moody Park, Fairview Heights. Free ice cream. Music from Babaloo.
Aug. 4-6 — Mascoutah homecoming
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Friday-Sunday, Scheve Park, 6th St. and Harnett St., Mascoutah. Carnival ride, music, parades at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. mascoutahhomecoming.org.
Aug. 5 — Maeystown ‘Trash and Treasures’ village yard sale
8 a.m.-noon, Saturday. Maeystown. maeystown.com/event/trash-treasures-village-yard-sale.
Aug. 5 — St. James summer festival
3 p.m. Saturday, Stephen Freund Parish Center, 419 W. Madison, Millstadt. Chicken dinner at 4 p.m. Quilt/cash bingo, booths, country store, raffles, attendance prizes.
Aug. 5 — St. Francis of Assisi Church picnic
3:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday. 2nd St. and Clinton, Aviston. Fried chicken, roast beef and homemade dressing dinner with all the trimmings served from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Quilt bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. Raffles, baskets, beverages, games of chance. Mass at 4 p.m. 618-228-7219 or stfrancisav.org.
Aug. 5 — St. Anthony’s annual church picnic and chicken dinner
4-8 p.m. Saturday. Parish grounds, Lively Grove on Route 153, 4 miles south of Route 15. Chicken dinners for sale. Bingo for quilts and cash at 6:30 p.m. Music by: “Polka Connections.” Polka Mass at 4 p.m. Mass at 6 p.m.
Aug. 5 — Belleville ‘Peace Festival’
1-5 p.m. Saturday. 19 Public Square, Belleville. This event features crafts and vendors. Performers include “Heir to the Throne,” “Fiercely MC,” “Harambee” from Belleville West and the Lancer Dancers from Belleville East. The emcee for the festival is Ms. Dieta Pepsi.
Aug. 11 — Troy ‘Family Summer of Fun’ event
Friday. Entertainment begins 6 p.m. Movie at 8:15 p.m. Tri-Township Park northeastern corner across from the gazebo. Free food and snacks. Showing: ”Sing.” 618-667-8769 or www.troymaryvillecoc.com/tfsof.
Aug. 11 — Movie night at Glazebrook Park
7:30 p.m. Friday. Glazebrook Community Park, 1401 Stamper Lane, Godfrey. Free admission. Bring chairs or blankets. Concession stand. Showing: “Trolls.” 618-466-1483.
Aug. 11-12 — Fairview Heights homecoming
Friday and Saturday. Parade, 5 p.m. Saturday. Food and carnival rides.
Aug. 12 — Venedy picnic and homecoming
Saturday, Brockschmidt Park, Venedy. Food, live music, drawings, bingo and kids games.
Aug. 12-13 — ‘Chillin’ and Grillin’ for the Boys in Blue’
Saturday and Sunday, Marine. Competition BBQ event. Live music. Proceeds will be donated to the Marine Police K-9 Unit. More information on their Facebook page.
Aug. 13 — Peach Festival at Pere Marquette Lodge
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. 13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton. Free admission. Area peach growers will have their produce to sample and purchase. This event features vendors, “Peach Pit-Pitching,” live music and peach wine. Special activities will be available for kids. 618-786-2331.
Aug. 13 — 2017 Downtown concert series
4-7 p.m. Sunday. Monroe County Bandstand, Waterloo. Featuring: “Burnt Toast and the Jam.” Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Free summer concerts presented by the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.
Aug. 13 — ‘Blessing of Grapes’ picnic
12:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday. St. Gregory Community Center, 3501 Century Drive, Granite City. An annual event celebrating Armenian culture. Lamb and chicken kebab dinners for sale as well as Armenian pastries and breads. Learn Armenian dancing. There will be a bounce house and face painting for children. More ethnic items will be available for sale. www.stgregorychurch.net or 618-741-8954.
Aug. 18-20 — Centralia ‘Balloon Fest’
3-10 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 6 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Foundation Park, Centralia. Balloon races, fireworks, live music, food. www.balloon-fest.com.
Aug. 18-20 — St. Louis ‘World’s Fare Heritage’ festival
5-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Forest Park, World’s Fair Pavilion, St. Louis. Local food, live music, kid’s island activity area, art display, exhibit, games, ferris wheel, mixology challenge, bike and skate ramp. www.stlworldsfare.com.
Aug. 18-21 — Crossroads Festival
4 p.m. to midnight Friday; 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday. SIUC Arena Parking Lot, South of the SIUC Arena, Carbondale. A carnival with food and music to celebrate the eclipse.
Aug. 19 — Annual ‘Kirchenfest’
3-8 p.m. Saturday. Hecker Community Center Building and grounds, 230 E. Washington St., Hecker. Old-fashioned chicken and pork sausage dinners, mass at 4 p.m., quilt bingo, live music, half miles fun walk/run at 7:15 p.m., 11th annual Tiki Trot at 8 p.m.
Aug. 19 — ‘Rock the Hops’
2-8 p.m. Saturday. Downtown Alton. Live music from more than 25 bands. Over 30 local artists, makers and vendors. More than 25 styles of beer will be available. Admission: $25. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Northside Park revitalization effort. Rock the Hops on Facebook.
Aug. 19-20 — Eclipse Comic Con
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. SIUC Student Center Ballrooms, 1255 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale. This convention will feature over 50 vendors, a VIP autograph area with special guests, costume competition with cash prizes and trophies, gaming zone for board and video gamers, and more. studentcenter.siu.edu/eclipsecon.
Aug. 19-20 — SciFest: Eclipsed
Saturday-Sunday. St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis. Prepare for the eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, with a weekend of space exploration. Local astronomers and scientists will talk about how eclipses occur and how you can safely view them.
Aug. 20 — Maeystown fire department barbecue and car show
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday. Maeystown. BBQ and cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors. www.maeystown.com/event/fire-department-bbq.
Aug. 20-21 — Crossroads Astronomy, Science and Technology Expo
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday. SIUC Arena, 1400 Arena Drive, Carbondale. Free admission. The expo will highlight organizations and businesses that specialize in solar, astronomy, science and new technology. This event features the NASA village, science and technology talks and indoor planetariums.
Aug. 20-21 — Crossroads Art and Craft Fair
10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Grass area, north of Saluki Stadium, 1415 Arena Drive, Carbondale. This event features more than 50 art and craft vendors from all over the country selling handmade pottery, glass, jewelry, wood, fiber arts items, eclipse-related items and more.
Aug. 21 — Eclipse Day at Saluki Stadium
10 a.m. Monday. Saluki Stadium, Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus. Programming is being developed in cooperation with the Adler Planetarium of Chicago. Eclipse glasses will be provided. Tickets cost $25 plus a $2.50 fee. Parking passes, $20 each, are required to park on SIUC campus on Aug. 21. Paved parking is only available to those who have purchased a Saluki Stadium Eclipse ticket. A limited number of grass parking spaces are available to the general public, no ticket purchase required. eclipse.siu.edu.
August 21 — ‘Solarbration’
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday. Monroe County Fairgrounds, 4177 Illinois Route 3, Waterloo. Free event, a total eclipse viewing party. Live music, food, crafts and science experts. A limited quantity of solar eclipse viewing glasses will be available. The eclipse will happen at 1:17 p.m.
Aug. 21 — Eclipse Festival
Monday. St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis. Demonstrations, solar observing, food and fun to celebrate the total solar eclipse. Planetarium educators will narrate the action during the eclipse.
Aug. 21 — Solar eclipse viewing party at the Amphitheater
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater. 1 Riverfront Drive, Alton. Free event featuring food, drink, solar glasses and bubble bus. Sponsored by the Hayner Library, Alton Park and Recreation and Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. 800-258-6645.
Aug. 25-26 — Holy Childhood annual picnic and fish fry
Holy Childhood Church, 419 E. Church St., Mascoutah. Fish fry, 5-9:30 p.m. Friday with live music, beer and games. Picnic, 5-11 p.m. Saturday includes chicken dinner, lightning raffle, bingo, petting zoo, games. www.holychildhoodchurch.com.
Aug. 25-26 — Waterloo homecoming
Friday and Saturday, downtown Waterloo. Free. Parade at 5 p.m. Saturday. Live music, carnival rides and games. Food and drinks sold by local organizations.
Aug. 25-27 — Midwest ‘Salute to the Arts’
6-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Moody Park Fairview Heights. Artists, kids activities, music, food. midwestsalute.com.
Aug. 26 — St. Teresa Catholic Church parish picnic
4-midnight Saturday, St. Teresa School grounds, 1108 Lebanon Ave., Belleville. Polka mass at 4 p.m. Fried chicken dinner, quilt bingo, live music, basket booths, kid’s activities.
Aug. 26 — ‘Sauce Alton’ Food Truck Festival
4-8 p.m. Saturday. Liberty Bank Amphitheater, 1 Riverfront Drive., Alton. Festival features regional food trucks and live music. Admission is free but VIP tickets are available for $25 each. Each truck will have different foods from a variety of prices. 800-258-6645.